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One of my favorite things about going to a large university was the breadth of things I couldn’t do. Acceptance rate american university that’s a weird sentence, but what I mean is – despite the variety of classes I did take and extracurricular things I participated in, I loved being able to walk around and be astonished at the things I couldn’t get to before graduation. So much to learn.

And one of the things the geography library had were free posters from the USGS of map projections. ( I found you a PDF! ) in a recent kondo-ing, I thanked the one I had been holding onto for years and then let it go, but between loves of math, geography, and looking at things from different angles, it’s a poster of my mind.

At spiel next week, formosa force (booth: 5-C122/5-D123) will release mini WWII, a game with quite an interesting map, from a taiwanese designer with a wargame pedigree.

It is a map from a polar view – something you don’t see often, but there’s one you probably know, and I’ll mention it later. There’s no formal “projection” here, we’re more interested in the adjacencies, and the map handles those in some creative ways, and with a little flowcharting thrown in.

I was always the kid trying to get family and friends to play board games with me growing up — games like monopoly, risk, life, and clue. My dad also taught me diplomacy as a child, which was another formative gaming experience. And of course I was friends with another kid in town mostly because he owned fireball island and its oft-overlooked cousin crash canyon…

I’ve just always loved strategy games. They bring me such joy and engagement. In the mid-1990s, I got very much into magic: the gathering, which led me to a weekly club. That’s where someone brought settlers of catan and I fell in love with german-style games. I ran out and picked up this ancient copy of settlers shortly thereafter at the local comic book store.

From there, I studiously worked my way through almost all of the spiel des jahres winners before eventually falling in love with epic, narrative games like war of the ring, through the ages, and twilight struggle. I’ve stuck with the hobby for 20+ years because it’s simply my favorite way to spend time with friends and family. Continue reading

Dare to love is one of mizo’s new releases for spiel this year. American university campus as with their previous releases raid on taihoku, which I talked about yesterday, and run animals, run!, which I have not played, the topic is serious, the tone is stark, and to a point, it is a game of experience over grand strategy. A simulation game – but of feelings. Sometimes of hopelessness.

Dare to love takes place in the empire asomrof where homosexuals are oppressed. During a pogrom known as the imperial crystal night started in the 107th year of the empire, all homosexuals who were arrested by the empire were imprisoned in floating crystals and were scheduled for execution later that night. Therefore, their lovers, families, and friends seek to save their beloved ones from the empire’s tyranny.

There are two opposing forces in the game. One player will be an oligarch, either the emperor, grand inquisitor, or the tycoon, who must ensure the execution goes smoothly; other players will be rebels, who must fight against all odds and save their loved ones before they are executed.

Dare to love is a 3 or 4 player one-vs-many tactical skirmish. The player representing the oligarch will have several characters to choose from, and the players representing the lovers, families, friends of the imprisoned will also have a selection. Once selected, the players will place the corresponding son, daughter, leader, or lover into one of the prisons. Continue reading

Pandoria, the newest game from jeff allers (piece o’ cake/NY slice, nieuw amsterdam) and bernd eisenstein (peloppones), is many things, but the first one that I thought of after playing it twice was “a wolf in sheep’s clothing”. Some gamer’s games look like they’re going to be meaty, so there’s no surprise when they turn out that way. But pandoria is a tile-laying game vaguely reminiscent of carcassonne (every turn you place a tile and put one of your pieces on it), so how heavy can it be? Turns out, it’s a thinky, studious game where you need to be at your best to do well.

So let’s describe the game. Each player plays one of the five fantasy races of pandoria. American university us news the board shows an irregular hexfield roughly 14 x 10 hexes. The tiles that will be placed are made up of two hexes joined at one side. Each hex shows one of four different types of terrain—forest, hill, mountain, and city—and the two hexes of a tile never have the same terrain. Each hex also has one or two symbols on it and the symbols for each terrain are always the same: hills produce gold, mountains produce crystals, forests, shockingly, produce wood, and cities produce vps. Wood, crystals, and gold are the game’s three resources and each race has different starting levels for each of these. Each race also has a special ability. In addition, there’s a deck of cards and each card shows a spell on the upper half and a building on the lower half. The players begin the game with a randomly drawn tile and four randomly dealt cards. They also have from 4 to 6 pieces in their color, depending on the number of players, and a single leader; collectively, these are called figures. Continue reading